An Open Letter to NYC Lyrics; Beastie Boys new album could be their best ever

I grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The Beastie Boys hung out in Bay Ridge a lot and they used to hang with some of they guys at my high school. I never met them but we used rock out to BBoys all summer long.

I used to love rap PE and BB and Tribe had something to say. Today it seems all the hiphop folks just want to talk about their money, power and guns.

The Beastie Boys New Album is deep a post-9/11 love letter.

“An Open Letter to NYC” hit home for me. they almost mention the Ridge and they even mention PIX (that was an interactive video game you would play on Channel 11 you say PIX, PIX and the person at the station would hit the fire button the joystick while everyone at home watched you play the game).

An OpenLetter to NYC

Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the battery to the top of Manhatten
Asain Middle-Eastern and Latin
Black, White, New York you make it happen

(verse 1)
Brownstones, water towers, trees, skyscrapers
Writers, prize fighter and wall street traders
We come together on the subway cars
Diversity unified whoever you are
We’re doing fine and the one and nine line
On the L we’re doing swell
On the number ten bus we fight and fuss
Cause we’re thorough in the boroughs and thats a must
I remember when the deuce was all porno flicks
Running home after school to play PIX < A video game on channel 11
At lunch I’d go to Blimpie’s down on Montague street
And hit the Fulton Street Mall for the sneakers on my feet
Dear New York I hope you’re doing well
I know alot has happened and you’ve been through hell
So we give thanks for providing a home
Through your gates at Ellis Island we passed in droves

(Chorus)

The L.I.E the B.Q.E
Hippies at the band shell with the LSD
Get my BVD’s at VIM
You know I’m reppin’ Mahattan as best I can
Stopped off at Bleeker Bob’s got thrown out < A record store on Bleecker
Sneakin’ in at 4:00 am after going out
You didn’t rob me in the park at Dianna Ross < the wilding after the free concert
But everybody started looting when the lights went off
From the South South Bronx on out to Queens Bridge
From Hollis Queens right down to Bay Bridge < Dang I thought they said Bay Ridge!
From Castle Hill to the Lower East Side
From 1010 WINS to Live at Five < Live at Five is the local news show
Dear New York this is a love letter
To you and how you brought us together
We can’t say enough about all you do
Cause in the city we’re ourselves and electric too

(chorus)

Shout out the South Bronx where my Mom hails from
Right next to High Brige across from Harlem
To the Grand Concourse where my Mom and Dad met
Before they moved on down to the Upper West
I see you’re still strong after all that’s gone on
Life long we dedicate this song
Just a little something to show some respect
To the city that blends and mends and tests
Since 911 we’re still livin’
And lovin’ life we’ve been given
Ain’t nothing gonna take that away from us
We’re looking prettty and gritty cause in the City we trust
Dear New York I know alot has changed
2 towers down but you’re still in the game
Home to the many rejecting no one
Accepting peoples of all places wherever they’re from

(Chorus)

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